There’s movement near the top because of a few big games. There’s only one District One team still playing, which is the team that has moved around the most in the Super 7. Like I said last week, the Inter-Ac plays forever and the Catholic League regular season is finally (!) over. PCL playoffs start Friday, the same day that Haverford hopes to keep carrying the Delco and Central League flags in District One play. Here we go…
1. Notre Dame (18-1-0, 10-1-0) Last week: No. 1.
The Irish stay at No.1 after a three-game stretch where they didn’t give up a goal. Two-time All-Delco Moira Putsch scored five goals and three assists in that span to help her break the county record for goals in a season and put her two away from the career record. Gabby Carlini is tied with Episcopal Academy’s Gianna Pileggi for the county lead with 12 shutouts, and All-Delco Emily Faught is flying under the radar with another great year. She had three goals and three assists in that span. The Irish got the No. 2 seed in the PAISSA tournament, but that was based on things before EA lost to Cardinal O’Hara. Had it been done after, ND would likely be the No. 1 seed.
2. Cardinal O’Hara (17-1-0, 9-0-0) Last week: No. 3
The Lions are movin’ on up after beating EA, 2-1, with a late goal from Carlie Spaeder, who had both goals. They followed it up with a 2-0 win over rival Archbishop Carroll thanks to a pair of goals from Marissa Cicione. Goalie Liz Piszker stopped 18 of the 19 shots she saw in those two games to overtake the county lead in save percentage at 89.4, and she was particularly sharp against the Patriots. All-Delco Grace Boston had an assist against EA to crack the 50-point plateau, and there’s a very legitimate chance that Spaeder and Cicione will join her very soon. Unreal. Jess Randazzo was a defensive standout against Carroll.
3. Episcopal Academy (18-2-0, 9-1-0) Last week: No. 2
The Churchmen drop for the second straight week after losing a close one to the Lions. Kali Kilmer has scored in four straight games, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Germantown Academy, but All-Delco Alana Dumas surprisingly has no goals and only has one assist in the past four games. She’s too good for that slump to last, though. Pileggi has been rock-solid in goal all year, and she’s second in the county in save percentage and tied for first in shutouts. The Churchmen claimed the No. 1 seed in the PAISSA tournament for the second straight year.
4. Haverford (15-3-1, 10-1-0, Central League champions) Last week: No. 4
There’s kind of a cap as to how high the Fords can go, because they got drubbed by the Irish and handled with relative ease by the Churchmen. That being said, that was very early in the year, and if the Fords can break through with a few more wins (i.e. qualify for states), that might be enough to overlook those early losses and move them up. Somehow, some way, Haverford managed to tie Strath Haven with seven seconds left on a blast from two-time All-Delco Jess McCarthy. Freshman Tess Horan supplied the OT heroics later on. Horan also had three assists in the first round win over North Penn. The Fords have nine goals in district play from seven scorers. That’s balance. McCarthy and Rosie Coogan have two goals each, while Sophy Maute, Morgan Druce, Natalie Bova, Kelly McCoy and Horan have one each. It really is amazing what the Fords have accomplished considering they only boast one player on the scorers leaderboard. That’s also what makes them so dangerous. You don’t know who’s scoring goals. You just know they’re coming.
5. Archbishop Carroll (12-4-1, 8-1-0) Last week: No. 5
Statistically, the Patriots outplayed O’Hara…except for the most important statistic. However, they’re a heavy favorite to make it a rematch with the Lions next week because they’re just really, really good. All-Delco Katie Kelly had two goals in a 4-0 win over Radnor, while her twin, Megan, and Alyssa Lemons had a goal and an assist. I have a hard time believing the PCL title game will be anything but O’Hara and Carroll, so the Patriots will get another crack at the Lions.
6. Garnet Valley (16-4-0, 9-2-0) Last week: No. 6
Is this a massive cop-out? Yes, yes it is. Both the Jaguars and Strath Haven lost in overtime to higher seeds, and I’m going with a weak excuse that GV lost to a higher seed to put the Jaguars at No. 6. Really, it’s splitting hairs between the two. If they played 10 times, they’d go 5-5. Dana Davis had goals in both district games for GV, while Katie Keyser had a goal and an assist. Hailey Valerio was nothing short of phenomenal against Mount St. Joseph, either. Have fun with trying to score against her for the next two years, Central League.
7. Strath Haven (13-4-1, 9-2-0) Last week: No. 7
Hard not to feel for the Panthers after they were seven seconds away from moving on to Round 3 of districts before McCarthy struck. I saw Haven play in the first round against Souderton, and my goodness, Jess Borbee is awesome. The recent William Smith College field hockey and lacrosse commit was everywhere for the Panthers. Offense, defense, whatever. Simply dominant. Rebecca Lucci capped her career with five points in district play, while Kristen Baschoff had goals in both games. Amanda Fishwick-Lawson loses some talented players, but Haven should be strong again next year.
Dropped out: None. Also considered: None.